's NW Ohio profile titled: Make Your Own Stimulus

Renewable energy, goods movement and, above all, innovation, are today's economic bywords for the Northwest Ohio region.

"Toledo and Northwest Ohio face the challenges of converting from a heavy reliance on the auto industry to one that emphasizes high technology and alternative energy," writes U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, now serving the last term of a long political career in the state, in an e-mail. Asked for a SWOT analysis of the region, he says, "Some of its weaknesses are a heavy reliance on the auto industry; high energy costs; and a low percentage of adults with higher education degrees. Some of its strengths are: a trained work force; strong academic institutions with developing expertise in many research areas; growing expertise and research in alternative energy manufacturing, including solar, wind and biomass; and a recognition of the area as a multimodal transportation hub with developments in Toledo at various rail areas, seaport and airports, such as CSX in North Baltimore (Wood County) and Norfolk Southern Triple Crown in Sandusky (Erie County)."

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